Meals/Recipes


I slept until 11 this morning! It probably had something to do with my staying up until 2 a.m. delivering bids for the co-ed fraternity I’m involved with…but it was fun! As long as I get my 8 hours of  sleep, I’m happy.

College Tip:

Go ahead, stay up late and party! But not every night. Make sure to get your sleep schedule back on track as soon as possible by going to bed at your normal bed time the next night, even if you aren’t able to fall right asleep. Resist the urge to sleep in the next morning and wake up at your normal weekday time. This is what I do to get my sleep schedule back on track so it doesn’t become a cycle of going to bed and waking up later and later!

I started off the morning with a giant green smoothie.

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In the mix:

  • 2 leaves kale
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Flax Pak
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c soy milk
  • 8 ice cubes (I like my smoothies cold and icy!)

Per my nutritionist, I’m trying to sub out some of my soy milk consumption for another kind of milk – I chose almond milk. As you can see, I started slowly by doing half and half in my smoothie, but I really can’t taste the difference. I think for my next GM, I’m going to try a whole cup of almond milk.

On the agenda today is a long run and/or some yoga. I took the day off yesterday, but made sure to get in lots of fruits and veggies. I think it was a success!

I had:

  • 4 kale leaves (smoothies)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup green peppers
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1 c sliced carrots
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 2 cherries (my first time trying them!)

I can’t believe it’s Saturday already!

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Today I had a great run! I decided not to do my speedwork on the track, but to do more of a tempo run instead. I did a 4 mile loop and pushed myself pretty hard – I was so excited to come back and calculate my pace, and it was 9:10 per mile! That’s a great pace for me, considering my 5-K pace is around 8:15-30.

I also took a chance and wore a workout shirt that I literally bought 3 years ago for “when I’m skinny enough to wear it” – well, enough with that! I wore it today and at first I was a little self-conscious, but by halfway through my run, I was working so hard that I didn’t even have time to think about how I looked! When I got back from my run, I felt great and confident – not because I am finally “skinny enough”, but because I am proud of myself for pushing myself.

Run Stats:

Time: 36:42

Distance: 4.00 miles

Pace: 9:10 min/mile

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Lunch was a yummy Gardenburger hummus wrap with carrots and almond butter and three little pierogies my friend made yesterday. I had a yummy GM to drink.

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Come back tonight for:

1. Flax Pak review

2. Gardenburger GardenVegan review

3. A surprise product review

And more!

My mom is driving up to visit me today, so we’re going to go check out the Farmer’s Market in the next town over and go out to dinner.

‘Til tonight,

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Good evening! And I mean that – my lab only lasted one hour, so I had an unexpected extra three hours in my day! I did the most productive things I could, of course: eat, read, and blog.

The rest of today’s eats included a GM I made in a rush right before lab. It contained 1 banana, 1/2 c strawberries, 3 cups spinach, and a little over a cup of soy milk. For dinner after lab, I had my vegan pasta dish with chocolate coconut milk ice cream and a gluten-free cookie for dessert!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to stop at the Farmer’s Market today. This means that I’ll actually have to go buy my kale at the store! Boo. I snuck in my workout at 4 today, a quick 3 miles on the elliptical. Boy am I sore from yoga yesterday! I’m going to do the video once more this week, but I have to wait until I can move my arms again 😀

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Tonight I want to talk about something that I don’t give enough thought to: arch support in my casual, non-workout shoes. Truth be told, I am a terrible example. During the day, I’m either wearing flat flip-flops or a pair of Converse – neither of which has any arch support at all. If it’s important to have arch support when we’re running, it just makes sense that it would be important the other 90% of the day too! I know that walking around in flat-soled shoes contributed to my shin splints a couple of years ago, and here I am today, wearing the same kinds of shoes!

But the problem with a word like “arch-support sandals” is that it does not sound all that attractive. I may be superficial, but I would prefer to wear a sleek black sandal than some clunky “arch-support” shoe with canvas straps all over the place.

Luckily, I don’t have to choose between fashion and good-for-my-body shoes! Here are a few pairs that not only support your lovely legs and feet, but are also quite stylish 🙂

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Archy Zebra by Moszkito

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Senise by Merrel.

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Lusaka by Born

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Stunning by Earth (I also like a lot of their other shoes – very stylish! And supposedly they “burn calories with every step” – like April said, “I don’t know if these sandals really work but I wear them everywhere just in case!” 😉 )

and

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Julia by Think!

Now I have to go about ordering myself a pair! I’ll let you know what I decide!

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My dad and I outside the Notre Dame at sunset in Paris this past March

My dad and I outside the Notre Dame at sunset in Paris this past March

It’s raining here again! Although I’m not going to complain, because I love thunderstorms. 🙂

I woke up earlier today, around 8:30, so I was happy with that. It gave my just enough time to do the readings for my Classical Mythology class today. However, I think that it may have contributed to my feeling extremely hungry during my classes. Because I woke up earlier (and I have my breakfast within 10 minutes of waking up), I also ate breakfast earlier (the usual Flax Multibran + raisins + soy milk). Thus, around 1:00, I was starving! I snacked on 2/3 of a nutrient dense Organic Food Active Greens Bar around 11, and found that it didn’t keep me full and energized like ClifBars do.

As soon as I got back from class, I whipped up lunch. I really liked my lunch from yesterday and was in no mood to be creative (Lindsay is not a happy camper when hungry!), so I decided to go for it again. A Gardenburger on a sandwich thin spread with hummus, carrots with almond butter, with a side of melon. For dessert, I had a few squares of Green & Black’s chocolate along with an Adora dark chocolate calcium disk.

I finally used up my first jar of almond butter, all by myself! I have a jar stashed and ready to go for tomorrow 😉

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Today I decided to start a book I got last weekend, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, who also wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The summary:

Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?

Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion – most of what we’re consuming today is no longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

I’m interested to get into this book because when I read the summary, I feel defensive. I feel attacked for thinking about “nutrients” and always being aware of the balance of foods that I’m eating during the day. However, I do agree with his thought that food should just be simpler! I know a lot about nutrition because it interests me and so I have read a lot about nutrition: books, journals, scientific articles, etc. However, many people do not have this passion for nutrition, but do have a passion for losing weight. When they see an article in So-and-so Magazine called “The Way to Lose Weight”, they’re going to read it. And then they might pick up Blah-blah Magazine, which has an article with the same title and completely different advice! No wonder it’s confusing! Sometimes even I am confused!

I think part of it is that even science is confused. There are conflicting studies, inconclusive results, and things that are distorted by the media. This is where I feel that Pollan’s book’s premise has a point. Sometimes it is easy to get so bogged down in the science of it all that we forget the simple things we know are true. He sums these things up with his slogan “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”

I’ll let you know what I think when I finish the book.

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I’ll leave you with this quote that I found in this month’s issue of Runner’s World that fits perfectly in with my post from a few days ago, To Rest or Not to Rest.

Runner’s World: Jack Daniels, a coach and exercise physiologist in Flagstaff, Arizona, recommends putting off workouts if you’re feeling tired. “The most important thing is to recover,” he says. “If you’re tired on a workout day, there’s nothing wrong with moving it to another day.

I take this not to mean just don’t run if you don’t feel like it, but to make sure that you are feeling well enough to get the best out of your workout.

Well, I’m off to get in a quick run before I have to go spend four hours in the lab mating fruit flies!

‘Til tonight,

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…or is it “school interferes with Rock Band“? 😉 I went downstairs to get a glass of water and got lured to our Wii by the sound of music. When I looked at my watch, it was 10 p.m.! And I have work to get done! What can I say, sometimes this girl loves her video games!

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My school runs its own organic farm and this summer, they sold packages where, every week for eight weeks, they will deliver a fresh assortment of organic vegetables. Our first delivery came today and it was so fun to see everything we got! My definite favorite was the rainbow chard!

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First of all, it was giant. And it’s so pretty! From TrueStar Health:

Chard’s leaves can be prepared like spinach, and its stalks like asparagus. In fact, its leaves serve as a good substitute for spinach in most recipes, but they will need to be cooked slightly longer.

Chard may be steamed, sautéed, or braised, and it can be added to soups, stews, and casseroles. The leaves and stems may be cooked and served together, or prepared separately as two different vegetables. The Italians make an egg frittata with chard.

For salads and sandwiches, it’s best to use young, tender leaves. For a simple side vegetable, leaves of medium size can be quickly sautéed—the stalks can be prepared this way, too. Older leaves and stalks are best steamed, boiled, or added to soups, as the stems require a longer cooking time to become tender than the leaves do.

Rainbow chard also is a good source of Vitamins A and C, and contains a huge amount of Vitamin K!

Tomorrow is Farmer’s Market day, which is perfect because I used my last leaf of kale today. I’m going to pick up some more kale and see what else I can find!

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My knees feel much better today. I’m glad I took a rest day, I think it was just what I needed. I’ll be back in my running shoes tomorrow 🙂 I snacked on two mini ClifBars while babysitting. Nothing was sounding good to me for dinner, so I just went with PB & banana quesadillas. You can’t really go wrong there, at least in my book. I had a gala apple on the side. Later on, for dessert, I had a half cup of coconut milk ice cream with two mini gluten-free cookies.

Today’s exercise was yoga, yoga, and more yoga! I did half of this week’s YogaToday class in the morning and then this evening I restarted it and did the whole thing from beginning to end. Now, this was a tough class! It is an Anasura-inspired class, so it is very focused on opening the heart. There were a ton of front planks, side planks, downward dogs, and lowering from planks to the floor, so I know that my arms will be sore tomorrow! I didn’t get to the gym today because I figured that this yoga class would give my body a better workout than a few miles on the elliptical. My body is very used to the elliptical, but yoga always knows how to make it work. 🙂

The class also including a good amount of warrior poses, which was great. I love the Warrior set of poses. Warrior II is my favorite – I feel strong and beautiful in the pose, like I am a warrior who can take on anything!

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Q: What’s you favorite yoga pose, and why?

Good night, everyone! I’m off to bed shortly too, right after I catch up on a bit of work.

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After class, I walked to the post office to check my mail, and guess what arrived? I’ll give you a hint: as soon as I opened it, I immediately made a smoothie!

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That’s right, my new blender! We have two cheap ones in the house I live in, but they get abused often and aren’t for the serious Green Monster making that I have in mind! 😀 I couldn’t get it open and washed out fast enough before I was throwing in ingredients

Lunch-time smoothie:

  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 2 c baby spinach
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 c soy milk
  • 1 Flax Pak (to be reviewed soon!)
  • 8 ice cubes
With a July-4th-themed straw from a package that my mom sent me!

With a July-4th-themed straw from a package that my mom sent me!

The rest of lunch consisted of a plate of carrots and Mary’s Gone crackers with a scoop of almond butter and 2 tablespoons of garlic hummus for dipping, with a cup of cantaloupe on the side.

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I didn’t get back from classes until 2 p.m., so I was hungry and ate my lunch right up. I’m still deciding what I’m going to do for exercise today. I have a 3.5 mile run scheduled for my half-marathon training, but my knees and legs are pretty sore from yesterday’s run, so I’m thinking that I will either run on a very soft surface (park trails) or do some cross-training on the elliptical, especially since I have a speedwork day tomorrow.

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Truly “Calci-YUM”

While talking with my new nutritionist about calcium intake, she said, “I have the greatest calcium supplement that will make sure you never miss a dose!” and pulled out this bag:

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Now, I have tried Viactiv and assumed that this would be similar – some fake chocolate, powdery tasting chew. I’d rather just swallow a pill! I reached in to pull out a dark chocolate “disk” and was surprised – it actually looked like a piece of chocolate!

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I still wasn’t convinced. Sure, it might look like a piece of chocolate, but I’ve learned, especially from Green Monsters, that you should never judge taste by appearance! I flipped over the package and saw that for one disk, I would get 30 calories, 2 grams of fat, 100 IU of Vitamin D, 40 mcg of Vitamin K, and 500 mg of Calcium. Now, I was pretty impressed by those stats, so I decided to give it a nibble…

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YUM!! It tastes just like my Green & Black’s dark chocolate bar that I have a few squares of after dinner! I am picky about dark chocolate, and I give this 4.5/5 stars for chocolate, and 5/5 stars for a supplement! These are made by Adora and can be found at selected stores including Whole Foods and GNC. They also make a milk chocolate disk.

Because the body can only absorb so much calcium at one time, it is important to stay aware of when you are taking calcium supplements. For example, after my meal from last night (tofu, broccoli, pasta, cheese) would not be a good time to take a supplement because my meal was fairly high in calcium, so my body wouldn’t be able to absorb the extra calcium from the supplement. A good time to take these might be with an afternoon snack or an evening dessert. I’m putting them on my list to pick up next time I go to the Co-op!

See you tonight for my Week 2 Half-Marathon training re-cap 🙂

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1. Here’s what was hiding in the corner of my grocery goods:

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Gerbera daisies! Settled in their vase atop of my desk. Every Sunday when I go grocery shopping, I treat myself to a couple of flowers. They always sit on my desk and whenever I’m stressed and swamped with work, I can always look up at them and smile. They just make me happy.

Q: What are the small things in life that make you happy?

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2. Easy-peasy-yummy-vegan PASTA time!

Ingredients:

  • pre-marinated tofu (I buy mine already marinated, but you can marinate your own too)
  • whole wheat rotini pasta
  • crushed garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 c broccoli or other vegetables
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • mozzarella cheese (I use SoySations)

1. Boil water on the stove with a touch of salt. When boiling, add the pasta and boil for 8-10 minutes until tender.

DORM TIP: If you don’t have a stove, but have a microwave, you can still make pasta! Using a ratio of 1 c pasta to 1 quart water, cook on high power for about 20 minutes, checking every 5 minutes. More information here. This would have been helpful to know when I was living in the dorms!

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2. While pasta is boiling, cut tofu into cubes and saute in a pan until light brown.

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3. After tofu cooks for about 4-5 minutes, add a big handful of spinach to the pan to wilt.

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4. A huge handful shrinks to this!

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5. When pasta is cooked, drain and rinse, then pour back in the pot you cooked it in. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1-2 cloves crushed garlic, then mix in the tofu/spinach mixture. Add broccoli/other veggies and stir mixture for 3-5 minutes until veggies warm. Serve on a plate topped with mozzarella cheese!

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That was my yummy dinner for tonight. Before dinner I snacked on a gala apple and a handful of Mary’s cracker with hummus. After dinner I snacked on 1/2 c of my chocolate coconut milk ice cream with the other half of my Vegan Nirvana cookie.

Now it’s off to bed because I have to be up early tomorrow – I have an appointment with a new nutritionist! I’m very nervous about it because I haven’t seen a nutritionist in a few weeks and I’ve never seen this particular nutritionist, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and breathe through the stress. Adi of this week’s free YogaToday video would be proud!

Have a lovely Sunday night!

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